Surry Community Awards 104 High School Diplomas
A total of 102 students earned their High School Equivalency diplomas from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 from Surry Community College. Surry also graduated its first two Adult High School program students. These students were recognized during the 28th annual HSE Graduation held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on Surry’s campus in Dobson on Aug. 27.
A reception for graduates, families and friends was held following the graduation ceremony with light refreshments. Deidre Rogers, SCC Board of Trustees Member, attended as the guest speaker and College President Dr. David Shockley presented graduates with their diplomas.
The High School Equivalency graduates are: Jasmine Hayden, Brooke Martin, and Brian Stevenson of Ararat; Lauren Brown, Corey Church, Stacy Muller, Gladismin Sanchez, and Austin Stover of Boonville; Joseph Carmady and Kevin Clark of Cana, Va.; Simona Burgos, Elizabeth Collins, Joshua Collins, Jesus Fuentes, Zachary Lee, Dylon Neal, David Stanley, Maria Xec Tajiboy of Dobson; Leticia Flores, Gabrielle Sanford, and Leigha Wood of East Bend; and Brandon Adams, Christopher Benton, Carrie Burchette, Edwin Guadarrama Velazquez, Meagan Holbrook, Starline Nelson, John Norman, Emily Smith, Charles Wagoner, and Nathan Webster of Elkin.
Brandon Martin of Ennice; Shana Jarvis of Glade Valley; Jonathan Green, Crystal Harris, Laura Luis, and Marybeth Miller of Hamptonville; Jodi Anderson, Tonya Benge, Betty Jane Bowman, Donnie Childress, Mitchell DeGaetano, John Green, Luca Lankford, and Amy Shumate of Jonesville; Patyn Barker, Whisper Barker, and Devin Short of Lowgap; Elizabeth Bostic, Kayla Bowman, Walker Bowman, Brittany Clement, Zackary Combs, Destiny Cooper, Jason Deskins, Barbara Ford, Zachary Gilley, Andrew Goins, Jasmine Harris, Rodney Haynes, Maricela Hermenegildo, Taylor Holt, James Jones, Jesse Lawson, Jackson Leonard, Logan Lowe, Shirdesha Milon, Casey Pardue, Rosa Perez Palacios, Justin Richards, Cody Simmons, Cassandra Tate, Paula Westmoreland, and Hayley Wilmoth of Mount Airy.
Dylan Yates of North Wilkesboro; Savanah Thompson and Kenneth Weyrauch of Pilot Mountain; Isaiah Freeman, Amanda Goins, Janice Hay, and Laicey Sawyers of Pinnacle; Caitlin Brock, Joseph Brock, Roger Greene, and Amanda Palmer of Roaring River; Nina Collins of Ronda; Sarah Hammond of State Road; Dawson Hernandez and Cody Wilmoth of Thurmond; David Faw of Toast; Katlyn Hudspeth of Traphill; Codi Miranda of Waxhaw; Jacqueline Aguilar of Westfield; and Angelica Maria Almaraz, Janet Cortez, Rodolfo Garcia, Lenny Gray, Gabriela Munguia, Yazmin Ontiveros, Samuel Reece, Emily Rich, and Brittany Shore of Yadkinville.
The Adult High School graduates are: Taylor Johnston of King and Lauren Aguirre of Traphill.
Angelica Almaraz was also awarded a High School Equivalency scholarship during the ceremony to use to further her educational endeavors.
Surry offers two assessment options for earning a High School Equivalency Diploma. Students can take either the General Educational Development (GED) Test or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Successful passage of either test results in a HSE Diploma issued by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges. Surry offers free preparation classes to give students an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the test. Online preparation classes are also offered.
Surry’s new Adult High School (AHS) program offers an alternative to the HSE program for adults that did not graduate from high school. Anyone lacking a few credits from high school can enroll in the online program in order to acquire a high school diploma. The AHS program was established by Surry with affiliation agreements with local school districts. It is awarded by the number of credits and specified courses adopted by the State Board of Education as the requirement for graduation from the public high school.
For more information about Surry’s High School Equivalency programs, contact Jennifer Pardue at (336) 386-3674, Nichole Shores at (336) 386-3441 or Mary White at (336) 386-3261.